President Donald Trump has named former West Palm Beach attorney Heather MacDougall to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the White House said in a news release.
MacDougall, who worked for Akerman LLP in West Palm, has been with OSHA’s Review Commission since she was nominated for the position in 2014 by President Barack Obama. MacDougall has been acting chair of the Review Commission since January, the White House said. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate at that time, and is one of two members serving on the commission. One seat on the commission is vacant.
Here is the full statement released by the White House on MacDougall’s nomination:
“(The president intends to nominate) Heather L. MacDougall of Florida to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Ms. MacDougall was designated acting Chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission in January 2017. In 2014, she was nominated to the Commission by then-President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Before this, Ms. MacDougall had 20 years of experience representing employers throughout the United States in matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law, most recently with Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, she served as Chief Counsel to OSHRC Chairman W. Scott Railton. Earlier in her career, she was Associate General Counsel to the HR Policy Association, a public policy organization that advocates for the human resource officers of major employers, where she represented the association as amicus curiae in U.S. Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court cases. Chairman MacDougall received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School.”
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel will join a group of Democratic congresswomen in wearing white — a show of support for women’s rights — to President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress.
The move by the House Democratic Women’s Working Group, for which Frankel serves as chair, mirrors a similar demonstration from Trump’s inaugural, when Frankel and several other Democrats wore pink. White was chosen because it was the official color of the suffragette movement, the group said in a news release.
“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump Administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women. We will not go back,” said Frankel, whose District 21 is composed of much of central and southern Palm Beach County, including Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
Michelle Kendall with the group Indivisible – The Resistance told the Post earlier this week that protesters want to call Trump’s attention to several pipeline projects in the works in the United States, including the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and the Sabal Trail pipeline in Florida.
“We are determined to be heard,” Kendall said Saturday night in an email to The Post. “We will not be avoided! This is too important for us to walk away because of a time change.”
FINAL UPDATE: Traffic continues to clear from the area between Palm Beach International Airport and President Donald Trump’sMar-a-Lago Club, after the presidential motorcade passed through during rush hour, backing up Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue for about an hour.
Stay with The Palm Beach Post throughout the weekend for more updates on Trump’s visit.
6:43 p.m. UPDATE: While Tri-Rail says a pair of its northbound trains are behind schedule because of President Donald Trump’s motorcade, vehicle traffic in the area is clearing out. Motorists can expect the usual Friday evening traffic through the area, with slowdown along Belvedere Road and on Interstate 95 near Southern Boulevard.
6:37 p.m. UPDATE: Tri-Rail just sent alerts reporting a northbound train is stopped at the Lake Worth station and running about 20 minutes late because of President Trump’s motorcade, and another northbound train is stopped at the Boynton Beach station and running about 10 minutes late getting to Lake Worth.
6:20 p.m. UPDATE: With President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads have reopened. Traffic remains slow through the area, with backups on Interstate 95, Dixie Highway and Australian Avenue.
Alternate routes: Use Belvedere Road or Forest Hill Boulevard to travel east or west, and Military Trail for north-south travel. Instead of Interstate 95, you may want to take Florida’s Turnpike.
The motorcade came, people cheered, and we're done folks. President Trump's weekend in Palm Beach has begun. pic.twitter.com/ju8APvCLpy
6:10 p.m. UPDATE:President Trump’s motorcade has made its way down Southern Boulevard to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Roads are slowly beginning to open. Interstate 95 near Southern should open soon.
Southern Boulevard and adjoining north-south roads are closed for the presidential motorcade.
5:30 p.m. UPDATE: Drivers along Southern Boulevard are reporting slowdowns ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival at Palm Beach International Airport. Both Google Maps and Waze are showing delays along Southern, Australian and Interstate 95.
5:10 p.m. UPDATE: Law enforcement officers are getting into position along the route President Donald Trump’s motorcade will take from Palm Beach International Airport to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
.@waze users are reporting law enforcement already getting into position along Trump motorcade route along Southern Blvd.
The presidential motorcade typically drives down Southern Boulevard to the estate, with the Secret Service ordering adjacent north-south roads closed until all vehicles in the motorcade have passed. That means Dixie Highway, Interstate 95 and Australian Avenue will be blocked for anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.
Trump is slated to arrive with the next 30 to 45 minutes.
In the town of Palm Beach, the Secret Service and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office already have blocked off South Ocean Boulevard next to Mar-a-Lago. The security zone, which stretches from South County Road in the north to Southern Boulevard, is closed to all vehicles except those residents who live in that area and are carrying valid ID.
Already, commuters may see traffic tie-ups at the Royal Park and Flagler Memorial bridges between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, as many drivers are choosing to avoid the Southern Boulevard bridge next to Mar-a-Lago.
When Trump arrived aboard Air Force One last Friday, his motorcade tied up traffic during rush hour as it made its way down Southern Boulevard. Unlike the motorcades when Trump was president-elect, Interstate 95 to the north and south of Southern now must be shut down until Trump passes. Other north-south roads, including Australian Avenue and Dixie Highway, also are temporarily closed.
In addition to roads, trains also feel the effects of a presidential motorcade, with Tri-Rail reporting two trains — one northbound and one southbound — were halted for about 25 minutes Friday afternoon.
At 8 p.m., a fireworks display for the charity lighted the sky above, casting a glow on the 300 protesters who gathered across the street from an armored security vehicle parked at Mar-a-Lago’s south service entrance.
About 9 p.m., the crowds began to disperse. With the protest winding down, check palmbeachpost.com for further updates on the protest and Red Cross Ball.
9:15 p.m. UPDATE:Protesters are clearing out of the area along Southern Boulevard near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, where the president and first lady are spending the weekend and attending the 60th annual Red Cross Ball tonight. Palm Beach police officials have told everyone, including Trump supporters, that they must leave Bingham Island. The Palm Beach Police Department tweeted that “so far, everyone has been peaceful.”
Media, please help spread the word that we need all individuals to leave Bingham Island.
8:25 p.m. UPDATE:Anti-Trump protesters are being allowed to continue their rally near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, as more police in riot gear are being brought into the area. A group of pro-Trump demonstrators also is in the area near the club, positioned on Bingham Island, which sits in the Intracoastal along Southern Boulevard between West Palm Beach and the estate.
While both demonstrations have been mostly peaceful, there have been a few tense moments as the two sides engage.
8 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters continue to rally just south of a Secret Service roadblock next to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, as guests arrive at the estate for the 60th annual Red Cross Ball being held there tonight.
While some of the anti-Trump protesters crossed the Southern Boulevard bridge to demonstrate near the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club, many turned back to return to Trump Plaza, where the march originated.
The Secret Service shut down South Ocean Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. Palm Beach police and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies are the scene and have set up a temporary barricade between the protesters and the club.
Excuse the poor lighting. Tail end of the march approaching Southern bridge. Chanting "This is what democracy looks like." pic.twitter.com/sZM2gP00C5
Trump supporters in passing vehicles honked their horns, with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” playing from one car. Protesters carrying signs and chanting slogans lined both sides of the bridge as cars passed.
7:15 p.m. UPDATE: Residents who live along the route of an anti-Trump march in West Palm Beach are popping out of their homes to watch protesters pass. One person told The Post she decided to host a “protester watch party.”
Other onlookers estimate a smaller crowd, perhaps closer to 3,000. Carey O’Donnell, owner of local public relations firm The O’Donnell Agency, posted a bird’s-eye-view photo of the crowd to Facebook that shows a Coast Guard boat sitting in the water just at the head of the crowd.
Meanwhile, hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators are stationed on Bingham Island, just south of the destination of the anti-Trump march.
6:15 p.m. UPDATE: As the sun sets in West Palm Beach, two sets of demonstrators appear to be headed for a meeting near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.
A pro-Trump group has been gathered on Bingham Island along Southern Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago since this afternoon, and an anti-Trump group is marching south from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach. The anti-Trump march, dubbed “The March to Mar-a-Lago,” will end just north of Bingham Island at a small, public park across the Intracoastal from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump is spending the weekend.
5:45 p.m. UPDATE: Palm Beach Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin said he expected some pro-Trump demonstrators at Bingham Island on Saturday, but he didn’t know how many. He said they’d be allowed to stay along Southern Boulevard.
“As long as they don’t get in the roadway,” Blouin said. “It’s going to be a constant battle, just reminding people who keep wanting to move further in the roadway.”
“I appreciate everything he has done for this country,” said Jennifer Eady, a German immigrant who said she has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. “I’m a small business owner and I’m just grateful that he’s here.”
The group of about two dozen people stood along the north side of Southern Boulevard near the bridge closest toMar-a-Lago, where in a few hours several hundred people are expected to arrive forthe 60th annual Red Cross Ball.
4:30 p.m. UPDATE: Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies are sharing their photos and videos on social media as they prepare to march from Trump Plaza in downtown West Palm Beach to a small, public park just across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
Protest organizers on Facebook asked attendees to “bring signs, glowing or light up attire, flags, etc.” Several people posted in the Facebook event with videos of flashing signs. One, posted by co-organizer South Florida Activism, said, “Proud to live in a nation of immigrants.” The sign is bordered by blinking white lights.
Tony Plakas, executive director of Compass, based in Lake Worth, posted a photo on Instagram of his dog wearing a rainbow top hat and with glow sticks attached to its collar.
To the north, a crowd also grew near Trump Plaza, where anti-Trump protesters are gathering. They planned to march south to a small, public park just across the Intracoastal from Mar-a-Lago and just north of where Trump’s supporters were waving signs. Bingham Island was the original destination for the protest march, before organizers tweaked their plans because of security concerns as the expected crowd grew past 2,000 people.
Check back here for live updates from the march and its effects on local traffic and neighborhoods. Protesters plan to march from Trump Plaza the 2.4 miles to Greenwood Greenway, a small public park just across the Intracoastal from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.
The president and first lady are spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago and are expected to attend the 60th annual Red Cross Ball this evening. Original protest plans put the march ending on Bingham Island, which sits in the Intracoastal and connects the two pieces of the Southern Boulevard causeway. However, organizers moved the destination for the march to Greenwood Greenway because of safety concerns as the crowd continued to swell.
Security has been ramped up near Mar-a-Lago, with the Secret Service shutting down South Ocean Boulevard on the island from South County Road to Southern Boulevard. Only residents inside the security zone with identification will be able to go past the temporary roadblocks.
If you’re planning to anchor your pleasure boat around Mar-a-Lago this weekend to try to get an offshore glimpse of the new president, the U.S. Coast Guard has a message: don’t.
With Donald Trump set to arrive this afternoon for his first weekend at his “winter White House” since being sworn in, the Coast Guard today announced its maritime exclusion zones, which went into effect at 6 a.m. and go through midnight Monday night. They include parts of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Southern Boulevard bridge.
“Entering, stopping, or anchoring in this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Miami or a designated representative,” an advisory said. It said penalties include civil fines of up to $88,000, criminal fines of up to $10,000, and up to a dozen years in prison.
For Zone 1 –the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern tip of the Everglades Island to about 1,000 yards from the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge on the south and eastern shore line west of Fisherman Island — boats are banned without radio permission.
For Zone 2 – areas from the western shoreline to the western edge of Fisherman Island — boats can pass but can’t stop. Same rules for Zone 3 –the ocean from Banyan Road south to Ocean View Road .
Commuters should expect heavier-than-usual traffic Friday evening, as the presidential motorcade will travel from Palm Beach International Airport, where Air Force One will land, and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club directly to the east. Past motorcades have passed through quickly, causing few traffic tie-ups. However, more security is anticipated because this is Trump’s first visit to Palm Beach County as president.
The restriction expires at 11:30 a.m. Monday, so Trump most likely will leave before then.
The Democratic representative and former West Palm Beach mayor is slated to go to the rally after attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday, then co-hosting a breakfast Saturday morning to welcome Women’s March attendees from Florida.
Frankel spoke to The Palm Beach Post earlier this week about her participation and support for the rally, which organizers say could draw 200,000 people.
“We want to send a message to our new government on the first day in office that women’s rights are human rights, that we are standing together recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” Frankel said. “It is to be peaceful. That’s what our democracy should be about — making our voices heard, standing up for our safety, our rights, our families.”
Frankel said she thinks there is “a lot of fear” among women that the incoming administration could lead to women losing access to health care, including services provided by Planned Parenthood and benefits available under the Affordable Care Act.
“This is a productive way for people to channel their anxiety in a peaceful way with a strong message to not only the president-elect but to the Congress that will be there, that we are watching, that women are watching, that we are on our toes and we care very deeply about our country and our rights,” Frankel said.